Microsoft introduced on Wednesday Office Sway, a design and presentation app for Office.
Sway allows users to search a variety of sources from within the app — everything from a user’s devices to OneDrive, social networks and the web — and to drag and drop content from those sources onto what Microsoft is calling the Sway canvas. The app then creates a layout as the user is working, continually adjusting it as the user adds more content. The user can also modify the design along the way.
Sway is “built from the ground up for the web and devices,” according to an official Office blog post. “A Sway adapts to fit the device that it’s viewed on, large or small, so your ideas always get the best treatment. A Sway is cloud native: you just drop in your content from your cloud storage, your devices or your social networks.”
Sway is currently in (invitation-only) preview mode, with Microsoft aiming to get feedback from users as it builds Sway. Invitations can be requested at Sway.com. The company plans to slowly issue invitations over the next several months to those on the preview waitlist.
Here’s a Microsoft video showing what the company is aiming for with Sway: